Art and Artifice
Breezing Up A Fair Wind
Oil Painting by Winslow Homer 1873-1876
Oil on canvas, 24 1/8 x 38 1/8. (61.5 x 97 cm)
"Winslow Homer's "Fair Wind" is perhaps the best sea-piece he has ever contributed to an Academy exhibition. It is painted in his customery coarse and negligé style, but suggests with unmistakable force the life and motion of a breezy summer day off the coast. The fishing boat, bending to the wind, seems to actually cleave to the waters. There is no truer or heartier work in the present exhibition."New York Sun, April 30, 1876
Winslow Homer painted a 7 1/2 x 13 3/4 watercolor in 1873 "Sailing the Catboat" which is the starting point for Breezing Up. The smaller image features five young boys aboard the craft off Gloucester, Massachusetts, where Homer was staying at the Atlantic Hotel. During this time he was also contributing artwork to Harper's Weekly from his stay. One significant change from the smaller Catboat to the larger Breezing Up is the removal of one of the figures and replaced with an anchor at the bow.
Classical Painting Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice - AMAZON Published by Watson-Guptill, 256 pages
Original page April 2019 | Updated April 28, 2023